Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges writes a regular column for Truthdig.com. Hedges graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was for nearly two decades a foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He is the author of many books, including: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning, What Every Person Should Know About War, and American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.  His most recent book is Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.

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Aggressive policing is the bulwark of a segregated America. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, December 02, 2019
The New 'Black Codes'
The police forces in impoverished urban communities, equipped with military-grade weapons and empowered to harass and kill largely at will, along with mass incarceration, are the principal tools for the social control of the poor. There is little pretense of justice and even less of protection and...
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"The most serious constitutional violations are the ones that are institutional usurpations." (Photo: Mr.Fish) Views
Monday, November 25, 2019
The End of the Rule of Law: The 12 Impeachable Offenses Committed By Trump
Bruce Fein , a former senior official in the Department of Justice and a constitutional scholar, has identified 12 impeachable offenses committed by Donald Trump. But, as he notes, many of these constitutional violations are not unique to the Trump administration. They have been normalized by...
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A banner is hung across a roadway while people participate in direct action with Extinction Rebellion on April 17, 2019 in New York City. Views
Monday, November 18, 2019
How to Save the Planet and Ourselves
If you read only one book this year, it should be Roger Hallam's " Common Sense for the 21st Century : Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown and Social Collapse." Hallam's lucid and concise book, which echoes Thomas Paine's " Common Sense ," says what many of us now know to be...
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The corporate coup orchestrated by the ruling oligarchs over the past few decades gave us Donald Trump. If this coup is not reversed, far worse will follow. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Death by Oligarchy
Oligarchs are blinded by hubris, wealth and power. Their cloying sense of entitlement sees them outraged by even the most tepid reforms or mildest of criticisms. They lack empathy and compassion, along with remorse or guilt, for what is done to those outside of their tiny, elitist circles...
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The entire political and governmental system is corrupt. (Photo: John Sonderman/Flickr cc 2.0) Views
Monday, November 04, 2019
The Enemy Within Is Deep Indeed
Our democracy is not in peril—we do not live in a democracy. The image of our democracy is in peril. The deep state—the generals, bankers, corporatists, lobbyists, intelligence chiefs, government bureaucrats and technocrats—is intent on salvaging the brand. It is hard to trumpet yourself as the...
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President Donald Trump’s abandonment of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria is another chapter in a sad and heartless game, repeatedly replayed, in which Kurdish forces are armed and used to achieve the strategic aims of rival nation-states and then discarded.  (Drawing: Mr. Fish) Views
Monday, October 21, 2019
Pity the Kurds
I stood on the wind-swept Kalowa Hill in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya as Pershan Hassan, a stocky 53-year-old woman, clambered quickly up the dirt track leading to where a mass grave was being excavated. She clutched a framed black-and-white picture of a boy. She pushed her way through...
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"It is our sacred duty to rebel in order to protect our homes, our future, and the future of all life on Earth." (Photo: Mr.Fish) Views
Monday, October 07, 2019
Time to Rebel
Monday, Oct. 7. marks the start of what the British-based group Extinction Rebellion is calling the International Rebellion . Thousands of people will occupy the centers of some 60 cities around the globe, including Madrid, Amsterdam, Paris and New York, to stage nonviolent occupations of bridges...
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The ruling elites and the corporations they serve are the principal obstacles to change. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Monday, September 23, 2019
Saving the Planet Means Overthrowing the Ruling Elites
Friday’s climate strike by students across the globe will have no more impact than the mass mobilizations by women following the election of Donald Trump or the hundreds of thousands of protesters who took to the streets to denounce the Iraq War. This does not mean these protests should not have...
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When an [intelligence service] uses dirty tricks, provides billions of dollars in weapons to renegade militias and Islamic radicals, overthrows governments and assassinates leaders, leaving in its wake mayhem and disasters it did not foresee, it has failed. (Photo: Mr. Fish) Views
Monday, September 16, 2019
Our Invisible Government
There are two forms of government in the United States. There is the visible government—the White House, Congress, the courts, state legislatures and governorships—and the invisible government, or deep state, where anonymous technocrats, intelligence operatives, generals, bankers, corporations and...
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Capitalists go to absurd lengths to lie about capitalism’s true nature. (Photo: Mr. Fish / Truthdig) Views
Monday, September 09, 2019
The Capitalists Are Afraid
Capitalists seek to maximize profits and reduce the cost of labor. This sums up capitalism at its core. It is defined by these immutable objectives. It is not about democracy. It is not, as has been claimed, about wealth creation for the working class. It has nothing to do with freedom. Those...
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